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  1. Gene Discovery May Help Guide Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

    Aug. 31, 2000 -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a deforming, crippling disease that can lead to disability. But now, Canadian researchers have discovered a gene that can predict who will get the severe form of the disease and could help decide who needs aggressive treatment. The Canadians, led by Abba

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  2. Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Get Below-Par Care

    Aug. 22, 2000 -- People with rheumatoid arthritis may not be getting the best care available, either for the arthritis or for other illnesses they may have -- particularly if they rely only on primary care doctors for their treatment, a new study indicates. If they are not doing so already, these pa

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  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients at Higher Risk for Bone Loss

    April 28, 2000 -- Women who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than the general public, according to a new Norwegian study. Rheumatoid arthritis, a disease in which the body?s faulty immune system attacks its own healthy joint tissue, affects about 1% of t

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  4. You Are What You Eat: New Theories About Rheumatoid Arthritis

    April 18, 2000 -- Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers take note or take it with a grain of salt but eating cereal grains such as wheat, rye, barley, oats and corn, or legumes, such as beans and peas, may produce changes in gut structure that promote the development of the disease in susceptible people. T

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  5. New Drugs Hold Promise for Treating Autoimmune Diseases

    March 10, 2000 (New York) -- New drugs aimed at attacking the underlying molecular causes of autoimmune diseases may one day offer hope to millions of people who live with conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, say experts speaking at a conference at the New York Uni

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  6. Early Therapy Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

    March 9, 2000 (Minneapolis) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis who receive early and aggressive treatment called "second-line" therapy have less pain and disability than those for whom the treatment is delayed, Canadian researchers report in the Journal of Rheumatology. The initial treatment of rhe

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  7. Olive Oil and Cooked Vegetables May Help Ward Off Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Dec. 2, 1999 (Indianapolis) -- More kudos for the classic Mediterranean diet: researchers in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report that diets high in both olive oil and cooked vegetables lessen the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The debilitating disease ca

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  8. Nutrition Changes Bring Relief to Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

    Nov. 19, 1999 (Boston) -- The debilitating effects of chronic rheumatoid arthritis can be softened -- if not always to a great degree -- by nutrition and exercise, according to Ronenn Roubenoff, MD, a nutritionist at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Roubenoff spoke to an audience of doctors

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  9. FDA Approves Remicade for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Nov. 10, 1999 (Atlanta) -- The FDA today approved Remicade (infliximab) to be used with methotrexate for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. In clinical trials, Remicade and methotrexate produced significant improvement in rheumatoid arthritis patients compared with those on methotrexate and placebo.

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  10. Blood Cell Transplantation Used to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Oct. 4, 1999 (Baltimore) -- A man with severe rheumatoid arthritis who did not respond to therapy has been successfully treated with the transplantation of a type of blood cell called a hemopoietic stem cell, according to a case report published in the Oct. 5 issue of the journal Annals of Internal

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